Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27828
Hints and tips by Kitty
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The irrepressible Miffypops is languishing in the Naughty Corner after brazenly flouting the rules on Saturday. Because I have been a good girl, I get the pleasure of providing some hints and comments today.
Thanks to Rufus for the puzzle which was a smooth and steady solve for me except for a little hold-up at the end, with 23a my last in.
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1a Rose taken from the garden? (3,3,2,3)
GOT OUT OF BED: The first definition is straightforward. The second is removed something, perhaps a rose, from its garden plot.
9a Type that’s rarely in bar seat (9)
ABSTAINER: An all-in one, defined by the whole clue and formed of an anagram (rarely) of IN BAR SEAT.
10a Chap goes to base for permit (5)
ALLOW: A man’s name followed by base or vulgar. Permit here is a verb.
11a Home brewing accessory (6)
TEAPOT: What somebody might make a brew in – perhaps a 9a, since there’s no beer here.
12a Happy-go-lucky benefit of the welfare state? (8)
CAREFREE: Untroubled. Split (4,4) this could imply state provision of services without charge.
13a Bold prosecutor takes on cartel (6)
DARING: A two-letter abbreviation for a US public prosecutor is followed by a syndicate or band.
15a Elgar’s composed finish is about to be made bigger (8)
ENLARGED: Finish or conclusion goes around (is about) an anagram (composed) of ELGAR.
18a A domestic potboiler? (8)
CAULDRON: A large metal pot with a lid and handle, used for cooking over an open fire.
19a A personage of good address (6)
ORATOR: Here, address means speech and the person is eloquent.
21a Needles for decoration on artificial silks (8)
OBELISKS: The decoration is an honour. Then add an anagram (artificial) of SILKS to find some tapering pillars, usually made of stone.
23a When to tell all? (6)
CENSUS: An official count or survey, especially of a population. This doesn’t quite work for me. Am I missing something? EDIT: I was – thanks to the 2Kiwis for pointing out that tell can also mean count. Now it all makes sense!
26a It was in the church’s interest (5)
TITHE: A tenth of the produce of land and stock, originally a tax for church purposes. EDIT: Thanks to Gazza and Jean-Luc for pointing out the wordplay that I’d missed. IT from the clue was – and still is – inside THE, also from the clue.
27a No longer with the directors, taken to drink? (9)
OVERBOARD: Finished and then a committee or panel. The drink is a salty mass of water into which one may have plunged from a ship.
28a Watches conductors (11)
TIMEKEEPERS: The answer describes clocks or watches, and also conductors of an orchestra.
1d Gifted, admittedly (7)
GRANTED: Bestowed or acknowledged, respectively. Given.
2d Savings scheme gives rising financial advantage (5)
TESSA: The tax-free savings account that was the precursor to the ISA is a reversal (rising, in a down clue) of a thing of worth.
3d Dressed or nude and natural (9)
UNADORNED: An anagram (dressed) of OR NUDE AND. Without embellishments.
4d Has grown strangely partial (4)
OWNS: Neatly hidden in the clue (partial).
5d Cheap items don’t allow profits (8)
BARGAINS: To find some underpriced things, start with a verb meaning prevent or prohibit and then add profit, earnings or winnings.
6d Sea-going duck (5)
DRAKE: The name of an Elizabethan sea captain is also a male duck.
7d Neat attendant (7)
COWHERD: This meaning of neat is the bovine one. I had to wait for 12a before I could fix the 5th and 6th letters to this one of two options.
8d Perfect exam performance — or just fair? (3,5)
ALL RIGHT: This could mean everything correct, or adequate or acceptable.
14d Gambling game using rent in the course of journey (8)
ROULETTE: Insert a word meaning lease into one for way or course to get a a wheel-based game of chance. (Or gun-based, in the Russian version!)
16d Willing? That’s nice (9)
AGREEABLE: Two definitions. Willing in the sense of amenable, and nice as in pleasant.
17d Devourer of knowledge (8)
BOOKWORM: A consumer not so much of knowledge as of the wood-based tomes where it may be stored.
18d One of the toasts that may be offered with a meal (7)
CROUTON: The meal is likely to be soup or salad, and this is a tiny piece of toasted or fried bread.
20d Lives in dress — i.e. being slovenly (7)
RESIDES: An anagram (being slovenly) of DRESS I.E.
22d It holds the unloved Emperor motionless (5)
INERT: IT from the clue contains (holds) the Emperor who supposedly fiddled while Rome burned without O (unloved).
24d What most men have to do in quiet way (5)
SHAVE: Most men do this regularly to keep the whiskers away. A call for quiet followed by a way or street.
25d Yank that’s involved in weightlifting (4)
JERK: This word meaning a sharp sudden tug is also a weightlifting movement where the barbell is lifted above the head.
Rufus is the master of the cryptic definition, and I’m interested in your views on these. Do you like them? Are they to you what cryptic crosswords are all about, or are you someone who prefers to piece together answers from the wordplay? Do share your thoughts in the comments.
The Quick Crossword pun: INNER+SCENT=INNOCENT